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Six Uninsured Manatee-Area Women Receive Free Mammogram Screenings
Exams Donated by Manatee Diagnostic Center and We Care Manatee
The mammograms were donated to We Care Manatee by the ManateeDiagnosticCenter as a silent auction item for their 2014 Casino Night Fundraiser, which raised more than $60,000 to help uninsured people get the medical care they need. The ManateeDiagnosticCenter is the exclusive provider of breast health services for We Care Manatee. The six Manatee-area women who received the screenings were chosen because they are all currently uninsured and did not qualify for mammogram screenings through the We Care Manatee general funding. “There is such an emphasis on early detection in the world of health care but actually very little funding for the preventative screenings intended to catch the early stages of illness,” said Jill Gass, Executive Director of We Care Manatee. “We can always get a patient in for a diagnostic mammogram but not always for the preventative screenings so I was thrilled we found a way to take care of these women.”
John & Paula Stalpes, the winning silent auction bidders for the mammogram screenings attended the afternoon event at 300 Riverside Drive East, Suite 3000. When asked about what inspired them to bid on the raffled screenings, Paula Stalpes stated, “I’m a nurse so I see a lack of preventative measures on a daily basis and we felt this was a great opportunity to help in a way that would make a direct impact on lives.”
Doctors and staff of the ManateeDiagnosticCenter welcomed patients and guests with a private waiting area, pink lemonade and other refreshments. “I’ve been worried about my mammogram this year because I’m uninsured and I’ve known a lot of people that have been taken by breast cancer,” said Annie Thorpe, a recipient of a donated screening. “I’m very grateful for We Care Manatee and I think this creates good awareness, which is so important, because it touches so many people.”
These screening procedures are recommended on a yearly basis and play an important role in early cancer detection. A recent study by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) found that patients who had more frequent mammogram screenings had a significantly lower rate of lymph node positivity – or cancer cells in the lymph nodes – as compared to women who went longer intervals between mammography exams. “We Care Manatee has invested so much into this community to provide healthcare to those who otherwise fall through the cracks and we are proud to be a partner in that endeavor,” said Davis Graham, Executive Director of the ManateeDiagnosticCenter. “At the end of the day it’s about helping people gain access to the healthcare they need and deserve.”
About We Care Manatee
In 1999, the Manatee County Medical Society founded We Care Manatee to address the growing problem of providing comprehensive medical services to low-income, uninsured residents. Today We Care Manatee depends on more than 90 ManateeCounty medical specialists, who generously donate their free time and services to provide medical treatment for ManateeCounty residents. For information, contact Info@WeCareManatee.org.
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